I wanted to write these down somewhere that I’d never lose them, so, Interwebz, I’m trusting you to keep these safe. This is a working list – I’ll be updating as I read and remember.
Trouble not thyself about the shadow of a great name, nor about the friendship of many, nor about the love of men towards thee. For these things beget distraction and great sorrows of heart. ~ The Imitation of Christ, Book Three Chapter 24, by Thomas a Kempis, tr. by William Benham
Voici mon secret. Il est très simple: on ne voit bien qu’avec le cœur. L’essentiel est invisible pour les yeux. (translation: Here is my secret. It is very simple: it is only with the heart that one can see rightly. What is essential is invisible to the eye.) ~ The Little Prince by Antoine de St. Exupéry
Aimer, ce n’est pas se regarder l’un l’autre, c’est regarder ensemble dans la même direction. (translation: To love is not to look at one another, it is to look, together, in the same direction.) ~ Terre des Hommes (tr. as Wind, Sand, and Stars) by Antoine de St. Exupéry
I am become death, destroyer of worlds. ~ Robert Oppenheimer, from the Bhagavad Gita
I’ve never been a millionaire, but I just know I’d be darling at it. ~ Dorothy Parker
Bessie Braddock: “Sir, you are drunk.”
Winston Churchill: “Madam, you are ugly. In the morning, I shall be sober.”
Nancy Astor: “Sir, if you were my husband, I would give you poison.”
Winston Churchill: “If I were your husband I would take it.”
To sit with a dog on a hillside on a glorious afternoon is to be back in Eden, where doing nothing was not boring – it was peace. ~Milan Kundera
Always do right. This will gratify some people and astonish the rest. ~ Mark Twain
All that is gold does not glitter,
Not all those who wander are lost;
The old that is strong does not wither,
Deep roots are not reached by the frost.
~ Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien
I don’t know half of you half as well as I should like; and I like less than half of you half as well as you deserve. ~ Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien
Wild animals never kill for sport. Man is the only one to whom the torture and death of his fellow creatures is amusing in itself. ~ James Anthony Froude
She walks in beauty, like the night of cloudless climes and starry skies; and all that’s best of dark and bright meet in her aspect and her eyes… ~ George Gordon Lord Byron, full poem here.
Hey thanks Blair!
Like your article, the quotes are quite provocative. This reminds me of a piece I did last year on the same subject. I think I’ll dig it out and post it also. Great minds think